Genyagnus monopterygius (Schneider, 1801)
Spotted stargazer
photo by FAO

Family:  Uranoscopidae (Stargazers)
Max. size:  45 cm TL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; marine; depth range 10 - 100 m
Distribution:  Southwest Pacific: New Zealand. Eastern Central Pacific: Tonga and Tahiti.
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 0-4; Dorsal soft rays (total): 16-20; Anal soft rays: 15-19. Head and anterior body depressed. Body scales minute, randomly arranged. Pectoral fins with "squarish" appearance, dorsoposterior margin straight, middle ray longest. A mental barbel present on chin. Respiratory valve inside lower jaw with a dermal appendage expanded vertically in young, without appendage in adults. Both lips with labial fimbriae. Lower portion of body without dermal folds originating from anal fin rays (Ref 42788).
Biology:  Ranging from estuaries to the continental shelf (Ref. 42788). Feeds on demersal fishes (Ref. 42788). Minimum depth range from Ref. 121942.
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern (LC); Date assessed: 04 February 2009 Ref. (124695)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Luna, Susan M. - 24.03.92
Modified by: Polido, Rubyann Robelle - 23.03.20

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